Meet the newest member of G Nation who is excited to bring something different to the US market and be part of its take off. Hailing from New Jersey, discover whom this 22-year travel industry veteran admires and find out his most memorable travel experience.
What drew you to work in the travel industry?
I was looking for my dream job in my 20s and the criteria was a short list of “must haves” that included selling, traveling, and the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I did just that and have been jet setting ever since.
What do you like most about your job?
Like is the wrong word…”love” is more like it! I am on the ground floor with a company that is about to explode in the US market and I get the privilege of building our sales team up to handle the expected volume.
Who do you admire and see as a role model in the travel industry?
My mentor and friend for 18 years, Kevin Kramich. He is probably one of the best sales coaches in the business and has taught me much about management. The people he has taught have transcended and spread throughout the travel industry and he rarely gets the credit for it.
What do you want to see improve in the industry?
As a leader in sustainable adventure travel, G Adventures is dedicated to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. I think there is a need for more commitment in our industry for sustainable community tourism development initiatives to help increase income for indigenous people while at the same time conserving the natural and cultural resources the industry relies upon.
What destinations are on your travel bucket list?
Antarctica is on my bucket list for sure. It will do two things for me…allow me to visit an amazing destination and also join the 7 Continent Club. The other destination on my wish list is Cuba. The history, culture and Old Havana’s architecture and arts scene would make for a great adventure – something I’d like to experience before Cuba’s imminent political and cultural change happens.
What’s a memorable travel experience you’ve had (good or bad)?
Traveling through Israel and Jordan a few years ago. There were so many “ah-ha” moments from walking the Via Delarosa to enjoying tea with the Bedouins of the Wadi Rum deserts.
What are three things you must always take with you when you travel?
Name someone famous with whom you’d like to travel and where you’d like to take them.
A great pair of sneakers…although it’s a dead giveaway that you’re American. My passwords for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Skype so I can use hotel computers to communicate back home. And a bunch of patience!
I’m taking Peter Greenberg with me and I think we will cruise the Arctic regions to view the polar bears. He has done a great deal for our industry. Of course, we will have to advertise our ship the M/S Expedition and fill the remaining 130 spots (let me know when you’re ready Peter!).
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A